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Dorothy Taubman Seminar

May 22-27, 2017
Daily schedule: 9:00AM - 2:30PM

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Taubman Seminar 2017

Dear Friends of  the Taubman Seminar,

The 10th Anniversary edition of the Taubman Seminar will be a spectacular one and it will include a magnificent diverse group of collaborators of national and international prominence. We are thrilled to announce that Michael Gurt, who could not come last year because of the arrival of his new baby girl, will return this year. Mr. Gurt will be the featured artist for the opening Gala Recital, a free event that  that is open to the public as a courtesy to the Philadelphia community! For first time at the Seminar, he will conduct a highly anticipated master class.

Hugh Sung, a much sought after performer, lecturer and former faculty of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, will present a session on  the use of  technology to assist with Piano Pedagogy.  Dr. Joyce Lindorff, Professor of  Harpsichord and Piano at Temple  University as well as a  prolific recording artist and scholar will perform a lecture Recital on the Partitas by  J. S. Bach. Anne Johnson, Philadelphia’s leading authority on the Alexander Technique will involve the participants in an interactive session. Rena Margolis, who is listed in the International Hall of Fame for her Tandem therapy healing skills, will co-present with Professor Maria Del Pico Taylor a session on the validity of the Taubman Technique for healthy performing. Maria Hubler will conduct enlightening sections on  how  to apply the Taubman Technique to standard repertoire towards children as well as to the Suzuki approach.

On Saturday,  The Grammy Award Winner Dr. Angelin Chang will present her brilliant mast class on a traditional repertoire and Maria Taylor will conduct a master class on Spanish Piano Music.

Traditionally, the Taubman Seminar introduces new features every year. This year’s feature will be the addition of a session for strings to be conducted by two very well respected cellists: Jeffrey Solow and Steve Kramer. Mr Solow is a legendary cello Professor at Temple University as well as an international performer, adjucator. He will present a session on the Application of the Taubman Principals to Cello Technique. Mr. Kramer – from Denmark -  is a graduate of the Menuhin School and an international artist who is rapidly gaining recognition as an excellent performer/teacher.  He will lead a Chamber Music Master Class for Piano and Strings.

We cannot wait to greet our old friends and to meet new ones. The successful “observer” category will be continued.  Please keep in mind that the Seminar accepts a maximum of 24 students for maximum in depth learning. Please register ASAP to secure a spot in this “ one of a kind” musical experience.

Hata Pronto!! Maria Del Pico Taylor  -  Seminar Director,  Maria Hubler – Seminar Assistant Director
Angelin Chang – Seminar Faculty
Silvanio Reis – Executive Assistant, Faculty-in-training


Maria del Pico Taylor, director
Maria Botelho Hubler, assistant director
Dr. Angelin Chang

Michael Gurt
Hugh Sung
Joyce Lindorff
Jeffrey Solow
Steve Kramer
Anne Johnson
Rena Margulis

Silvanio Reis

Workshop description

Dorothy Taubman spent more than fifty years of study and  research in the field of piano pedagogy. Dorothy Taubman’s ideas on interpretation are as penetrating as her approach to technique. Her master classes stress one of her major pedagogical goals – teaching how to read the composer’s blueprint (the score) and how to blend each composer’s intent and style with the performer’s capabilities and individuality. Mrs. Taubman believed every intelligent pianist can be trained to be interpretively self-reliant.

A celebrated innovator with an international reputation for her revolutionary concepts and principles on the art of playing the piano, Dorothy Taubman has been praised in numerous prestigious publications for her work. In one of several articles in The New York Times, she was described as a “doyenne of the master class who understands a lot about how people play the piano.” She gave lectures and master classes throughout the United States and abroad including Oberlin College, New England Conservatory, Tanglewood, Lincoln Center, The Gina Bachauer Piano Festival and The Rubin Academy and Jerusalem Music Center in Israel. She was formerly a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College and a visiting professor of piano at Temple University in Philadelphia. She also taught at her Brooklyn, New York studio.

A natural and powerful technique, the Taubman Approach liberates pianists to play effortlessly, unburdened by physical limitations. Based on principles of physiology and coordinated motion, the Taubman Approach enables pianists not only to unravel technical complexities that might block artistic expression, but also to avoid fatigue, pain and injury. Performing artists, students and teachers can discover the power of Dorothy Taubman’s technique through a full range of instructional venues.


The Taubman Seminar was founded in  in 2002 in New York City  by Maria del Pico Taylor, Sondra Tammam, , Paul  Maillet and the late Eleanor Hancock, all students of Dorothy Taubman. It remained in New York City,with Dorothy Taubman as the Artistic Director, until 2007 as a showcase for guest artists, concerts, and workshops. Upon invitation from Temple University, the Seminar  moved to Philadelphia in 2008 and in 2012 Temple became the official home of the Taubman Seminar..

Since 2008 Temple University has developed into a nationwide leading institution for providing training on the pedagogy of the Taubman technique. Our curriculum includes six levels of instruction taught by an outstanding  specialist faculty. Certification is available for students who complete the curriculum and pass all the performing and teaching  requirements.


Over the years we have rejoiced as our students have improved  their performing and their teaching  skills and as injured pianists  have experienced  the joy of  recovery. Our outreach has been expanded to a national audience and the Seminar 2016 will be the best one yet!!




    Maria Taylor

Maria del Pico Taylor
Co-Founder and Co-Director

Maria del Pico Tayler, a native of Havana, Cuba, is a Professor of Piano at Temple University in Philadelphia; Co-founder and Co-director of the Dorothy Taubman Piano Seminars in New York City and at Temple University; Founder and Artistic Director of the Latin Fiesta ensemble and founding director/producer of the “Hispanos…Many Roots…Many Faces…” Festivals  in Philadelphia.


Taylor attended the first Taubman Institute of Piano at the Institute for Man and Science in Rensellaerville, NY in 1976 She became immediately devoted to the Taubman work and in  the fall of 1976  introduced it to the music community in Philadelphia and to her students at Temple University.

Taylor  began to present the Taubman work on an international level in 1986 at the International Music Sessions in Grenoble France in 1989 at Castle Kiaz, Poland, in 1991 at the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in London England, from 1991 to 1993 at the “In Search of Chopin” Festivals in Warsaw, Cracow and Dushniki (Poland) as  well as Paris and Nohant (France) in 1995,1996 at EPTA in Czech Republic and in 2010 at the International Piano Congress in Buenos aires, Argentina From 2008 through 2012 she developed a Taubman summer program for piano students at the Universidade Estaduale de Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a result of this program, several Brazilian students became interested in the Taubman technique and came to USA to complete their MM in Piano Performance at Temple University. Since 2010 she has been a regular collaborator with the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia and will be returning this coming June.


1993-94-95 Montgomery County Music Teachers Association Rockville.MD; 1997 to 2013, miscellaneous  Music Teachers Associations in Washington DC; the Waussau Conservatory in Waissau, Wisconsin; Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, featured GMEA Convention clinician in Savanah GA, multiple presentations for Philadelphia Music Teachers Association (PMTA)  Philadelphia Music Teachers and Northern Delaware Chapter of PMTA; Indiana University of PA; Millersville University; Bedford Springs , PA; University of CA in Irvine; CAPMT in San Diego; The Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA; CAPMT in Costa Mesa, CA; University of Mansfield, PA; Capitol area, Harrisburg, PA; Cleveland State University, OH; Schubert Club, South Port, CONN; several presentations for South Jersey and Central New Jersey Music Teachers Associations; presenter for the Pedagogy class at the Juilliard School of Music ,NY;  Panelist and / or presenter for MTNA in Minneapolis, MN; Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah; the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, Chicago, ILL; artist in residence at Truman State University;  Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico and 2004-2006 multiple presentations for the international Conference for Arts and Humanities and the Honolulu Music Teachers Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. Two articles on the Taubman Technique have been published by Clavier magazine for Pianists.



Frequent presenter for all the local teachers associations in the Philadelphia area, for theTaubman Seminar at Temple University and for the Rock Hall Master Class Series.



Latin Fiesta is listed on the roster of the Preserving Diverse Cultures program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Mann Center Educational Outreach program, the former Artists Roster of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania and presently with Musicopia  In this educational capacity the ensemble performs in-school concerts and conducts residencies for hundreds of children every year.  Latin Fiesta has commissioned several works from Latino composers to be performed with symphony orchestras.  Appearances as soloists with orchestras include: The Philadelphia Classical Symphony and the Symphonies of Delaware; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jackson, TN; Pottstown, Pa, and Tulsa, OK.  They have also performed pre-concert encounters in collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  In 2005 Latin Fiesta released its first CD “Amor a la Vida” produced by  world-renowned musician Oscar Hernandez Artistic Director of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.



In 1984 Maria Taylor was the winner of the Lindback Award for excellence in teaching at Temple University and in 1994 she was selected "Teacher of the Year" in the state of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA).She is the recipient of numerous merit awards at Temple University. Selected by the Iberoamerican Foundation as “One of Six Outstanding Latino Women in Philadelphia” In 2013 she was selected as one of the Most Influential Latinos in the Delaware Valley and in 2014 she was names Professional of the Year by the International Who is Who. She is also the recipient of several grants from the Philadelphia Music Project, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PennPAT and the PA Council on the Arts.



Her expertise in Spanish and Latin American Piano Music has won her innumerable invitations to perform and present lecture-recitals both nationally and internationally. She has premiered or collaborated with several Hispanic composers whose works she has performed  in Philadelphia, generally with the composers in attendance. They include the Concerto Cubano by Paul Csonka with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra; the Piano Quartet and the Concertino for Piano, Strings and Cymbals by Carlos Surinach with the Pennsylvania Pro Musica Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Franklin Zimmerman and Rimas for voice and piano by Roberto Sierra  Sierra’s work was premiered at Rock Hall on the occasion of his honorary induction into the Eta Ea chapter of  Pi Kappa Lambda , the National Honor Music society;  two works by Philadelphia’s own Kile Smith: Alabanza and A Song of Sonia Sanchez.


As the Founder and Director of the Hispanic Festival in Philadelphia called “Hispanos…Many Roots…Many Faces…”      Taylor commissioned several work to be premiered by the ensemble. The first one was ALMA LATINA, a suite in 6 movements inspired by the Baroque suite, written by two  Grammy winning composers: Carlos Franzetti,    Argentina/New York wrote the first three movements: Tango, Milonga and Fiesta Nocturna;  Oscar Hernandez, Puerto Rico/New York wrote Bolero, Danzon and Salsa; the 2nd commissioned work was written in two movements; Raices  by Tania Leon, former composer in Residence for the New York Philharmonic and Salon Cubano by Arturo O’Farrill, former Director of the Afro-Cuban ensemble at Lincoln Center. The third work was “Una Casa y Tres Cuartos” by Angel Fernandez, Music Director for Marc Anthony.T he works have been performed at The Arts Bank, The Philadlephia Convention Center and The Painted Bride Theater.


In 2013 Latin Fiesta was invited by the International Festival on the Arts  of the Kimmel Center to present  “1492: Music and Dance  from Spain to the Americas” a large production which explored the roots of Hispanic music and dance from the IX century in Spain to XX century Cuba and Mexico. The program was performed by Latin Fiesta and guest artists  at the Suzzane  Robert s theater on the Avenue of the Arts and received critical acclaim.


Taylor is the first Cuban pianist to win a Canada Council Grant for studies at the University of Toronto where she earned the  Artist and Licentiate Diplomas with distinction. She holds an MM degree from Northwestern University. Her teachers include, Adele Marcus, Paul Stassevitch, Guy Duckworth and Dorothy  Taubman.



The best program we ever had” –CAPMT San Diego, CA  “An outstanding session...  an excellent pianist and Hispanic music advocate” –Music Teachers National Association Salt Lake City, UT



“Like a gentle whirlwind, the poised, but powerful pianist mesmerized a capacity audience. ”El Hispano, Philadelphia, PA

"Virtuoso keyboard excitement.  The pianist met all the challenges of the Rapsodia Sinfonica by Turina superbly and delivered a potent performance."  Bob Freund, The Hi-riser, Fort Lauderdale, FL

"A highly versatile and sensitive artist... equally at ease as a soloist, as an accompanist or as a chamber musician."Robert Sherman, The New York Times, New York, NY 



Maria Botelho Hubler
Assistant Director

Maria E. Botelho Hubler is a pianist, piano teacher and lecturer. Ms Botelho Hubler was also a choir director and church musician for 14 years in the Philadelphia area. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University with a full scholarship from the Brazilian Government. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from Faculdades de Artes Alcantara Machado, Brazil. Her teachers include Maria del Pico Taylor, Gilberto Tinetti, Sergio Melardi, Jose Eduardo Martins and Attillio Masttrogiovanni.

She has participated in Master Classes with Dorothy Taubman, Magda Tagliaferro, Iara Bernetti and Charles Dobler.  Ms. Botelho Hubler has been giving lectures on teaching the Taubman Approach to children for the past twelve years for the Music Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, North  and South Jersey chapters. She lectured for The Dorothy Taubman Seminar at the Lincoln Center, NY for two years. She is a Faculty member of the Dorothy Taubman Seminar at Temple University, since 2008. Ms. Botelho Hubler has presented lectures about the Taubman approach for many MTNA State Chapters, in New Jersey and Virginia for their annual State Conferences. In the same subject most recently she presented a lecture at the 7th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, June 2015. She has been adjudicating for the Music Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, North Jersey, South Jersey and Delaware chapters for the past twenty five years.

Ms. Botelho Hubler has been teaching piano for over 25 years. She taught piano and the Suzuki Method at Temple Preparatory Division in Philadelphia, Academy of Community Music in Fort Washington, PA and Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, Haddonfield, NJ. She currently has a full-time Piano Studio in Cherry Hill, NJ.  She has been trained in the Suzuki Method with Dr. Ray Landers, Dr. Haruko Kataoka and Ms. Joan Krzywicki.

She received the Genia Robinor Award for Teaching Excellence and The Allison R. and Maria E. Drake Pedagogy Award for Excellence in Ensemble Teaching, presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America. Her students have won competitions in North and South Jersey and have performed at Ethical Society, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

As a pianist she performed extensively in Brazil from 1980 to 1987, appearing at the prestigious Sala Cecilia Meirelles in Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by the National Institute of Music and National Foundation of Arts. In 1983,  she performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the VIII International Summer Course of Brasilia, Brazil playing the Concerto in F Minor and the Concerto for Two Pianos in C Minor, both by J.S. Bach. In the United States, she performed in the Philadelphia area at Ethical Society and other venues as a Soloist and Accompanist. In 1997, she performed with the Orchestral Society of Philadelphia, playing the Concerto in C Minor Op. 37 by L. van Beethoven. In 2010, she presented a lecture/recital about the works of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas) Brazil. Also in Brazil she has premiered the Concertino for piano, wind and brass instruments by Brazilian composer Michel Cipes Sheir. She performed at the same event the Sonata op. 31 no 3, in E flat Major by L.van Beethoven as a guess artist of the Orquestra Sinfonica de Americana. In August 2014 she returned to Brazil to perform as a soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Americana in Nova Odessa, SP, Brazil. She has a standing invitation to return to perform with the above mentioned institution.

She participated twice in the Curso Universitario International the Musica Espanola in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with a scholarship from the Spanish Government. In Madrid, she appeared in recital at Casa do Brasil, sponsored by the Brazilian Diplomatic Service.   



Angelin Chang

Angelin Chang
Seminar Affiliate Faculty

Internationally acclaimed pianist Angelin Chang is the first American female pianist awarded the GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra. She is recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance. Concertizing in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Miss Chang’s concert tours have led her to such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Lincoln Center (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Shanghai Grand Theatre (China), Sala Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá), Schnittke Philharmonic Hall (Russia) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She is the first American awarded First Prizes in both piano and chamber music during the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, France. As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Angelin Chang participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone initiative. She has performed at the U.S. Department of State, for the United Nations Women's Organization in Nepal and for World AIDS Day in New York for the United Nations before the Secretary-General. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with the legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale, The de Pasquale String Quartet, and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.

Dr. Chang earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University, Premier Prix - Piano and Premier Prix - Musique de Chambre from the Paris Conservatoire, Master of Music and Distinguished Performer Certificate from Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts (French) and Bachelor of Music from Ball State University, and highest honors upon graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her piano teachers have included Michel Béroff, Marie-Françoise Bucquet, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Robert McDonald, Menahem Pressler, Pierre Réach, Pia Sebastiani, György Sebök, Louis-Claude Thirion and Dorothy Taubman. She also holds a Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Chang is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Cleveland State University, where she is also Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She serves on the faculty of the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy, a joint program of Case Western University School of Law and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Previously, Dr. Chang taught on the piano faculty at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey.

Through her work with the Taubman Approach and Keyboard Wellness Seminars at the University of North Texas and at Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Chang helps pianists develop virtuosity while liberating them from fatigue, pain and injury. Chang is Vice President, Board of Governors of The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and serves as Chair of the Education Committee and the Classical Task Force. She is Past President of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Northeast District and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Great Lakes Theater. Dr. Chang is the Co-Chair of the Research Committee on Asian and Pacific Studies of the International Political Science Association (IPSA/RC18).

Recordings include solo piano album, Angelin (Sabintu Records), Soaring Spirit (Albany Records) with Angelin Chang on piano and Joseph de Pasquale on viola, and Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC) with Angelin Chang as piano soloist and John McLaughlin Williams as conductor in Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Chang is Yamaha Corporation of America's first Academic-Performing Artist. Her use of the Disklavier® hybrid piano in presentation and performance is available upon request.GUEST ARTISTS

Michael Gurt

Michael Gurt is Paula Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University. He won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 1982, and was a prize winner in international competitions in Pretoria, South Africa, and Sydney, Australia. He has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Capetown Symphony, the China National Symphony Orchestra, and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. He has made solo appearances in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) in New York, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, City Hall in Hong Kong, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia, Baxter Hall in Capetown, South Africa, and the Attaturk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey He recently completed a tour of four cities in Brazil. Gurt has collaborated with the Takacs String Quartet and the Cassatt String Quartet, and has performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Queensland. He has served on the juries of both the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and he has recorded on the Naxos, Centaur, and Redwood labels. He serves as Piano Mentor at the Hot Springs Music Festival, and was the chair of the piano department at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival from 1987 through 2007. He has served as Piano Chair of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, and has taught at two summer music seminars held at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan. Professor Gurt holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School.

Hugh Sung

Pianist Hugh Sung has been anactive soloist and chamber musician ever since his debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 11. Two years later, he was accepted for studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where his principal teachers included Eleanor Sokoloff, Jorge Bolet, and Seymour Lipkin, along with Karen Tuttle and Felix Galimir for chamber music. Throughout his studies and subsequent to graduating with a Bachelor of Music, Sung has performed in major cities throughout the Americas, England, Canada, South Africa, Japan, and Korea. Mr. Sung has been presented at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Wigmore Hall, The National Gallery of Art, and The Ravinia Festival. He has made several guest appearances at radio stations throughout New York City, Rochester, Philadelphia, and New Zealand, and was featured on NPR's nationally syndicated "Performance Today" performing works by Clementi, Ravel, and Mussorgksy. His concerto engagements have included performances with the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, annual appearances with the Masterworks Festival Orchestras since 1998, and extensive tours with the South Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he was presented on Japanese National Television NHK in collaboration with violinist Aaron Rosand during a recital in the esteemed Ouji Hall in the Ginza district of Tokyo.

In addition to his solo endeavors, Sung has continued to receive critical acclaim for his work as an ensemble musician. He has been featured in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Chamber Music series, and has also collaborated with such distinguished groups and artists as The American Quartet, the Diaz Trio, Jeffrey Khaner, Julius Baker, Gary Schocker, Hilary Hahn, Leila Josefowicz, composers Jennifer Higdon, Robert Maggio, Harold Boatrite, and violinist Aaron Rosand, with whom he has recorded extensively under the Biddulph and Vox labels. His work can also be heard under the I Virtuosi, CRI, and Avie labels.
In 1993, Sung joined the staff of the Curtis Institute of Music and served as Director of Instrumental Accompaniment and its world-renown Student Recitals Series until his 2009 appointment as faculty Collaborative Pianist.

Sung was one of the founders of AirTurn, Inc. (, a company that develops innovative technologies for musicians. He also maintains an active website ( and served as the VP of Communications at AirTurn, both of which combine his love of music and passion for technology, and serves as rich resources for musicians looking for a friendly place to learn more about adopting technology to enhance their art and lifestyle. He is an early adopter of technologies like the Tablet PC, which has enabled him to completely convert his paper music library into a digital format, and innovative new performance presentations like the Visual Recital (, which combines images, animation, and video clips in a live recital setting fully synchronized and controlled by the musician. Sample music and video clips can be found both on his website and on his YouTube channel ( In 2014, Sung joined the roster of ArtistWorks, an online music and art school that combines a video curriculum with a cutting-edge Video Exchange system, enabling him to personally teach students anywhere around the world at any time. For more information about Hugh's online piano school, visit Sung is currently the executive producer and host of A Musical Life, a weekly podcast that shares stories about making music and the things that move our souls.


Joyce Lindorff

Harpsichordist Joyce Lindorff has won rave reviews for her concerts in the US, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of The Juilliard School, University of Southern California and Sarah Lawrence College, she has received recitalist awards from the Pro Musicis Foundation and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Of her solo performances, The New York Times wrote, “It was brilliant music, brilliantly played, capping one of the most appealing recitals of the season,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer praised her “sterling clarity, insight, and dazzling technical mastery.” She has recorded for the Titanic, Centaur, CRI, Serenus, Digitech and Paladino labels. Continuo Magazine called her CD of Poglietti’s Rossignolo “absolutely breath-taking...without a doubt the most glorious harpsichord recording I have ever heard!” As an ensemble player Joyce Lindorff has appeared with the Waverly Consort, Hesperus, Tempesta di Mare, Newberry Consort, Charbonnier Viol Ensemble, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and others. After many years as a freelance harpsichordist in New York, she began her teaching career at Cornell University. A seven-year residence in China followed, including Fulbright professorships in China and Taiwan, and with performances as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and as Artist-in-Residence for Hong Kong’s classical radio station, RTHK. She regularly returns to perform and teach in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and China, where she is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Shanghai and China Conservatories. In addition to early music, Joyce Lindorff has commissioned and performed a vast repertoire of contemporary harpsichord repertoire, with many works composed for her. She is currently Professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she thoroughly enjoys working with her wonderful keyboard students and colleagues.


Jeffrey Solow

“His intonation is irreproachable, his tone uncommonly pure, and he communicates directly with a musical sensitivity that demands and holds the attention,” said The Los Angeles Times about cellist Jeffrey Solow whose impassioned and compelling playing has enthralled audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. His multi-faceted career embraces performances as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician, as well as teaching, recording, writing and lecturing on a variety of cellistic topics, and arranging and editing music for the cello.

A Los Angeles native, Jeffrey Solow studied with the distinguished cellist Gabor Rejto and the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky and was assistant to Piatigorsky at USC. He went on to win the Young Musicians Foundation's first Gregor Piatigorsky Award and New York's Young Concert Artists Award and made his NY debut on the YCA series. His wide-ranging interests include scuba diving and underwater photography, protozoology and paleontology and he graduated with a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA. Mr. Solow's orchestral solo repertoire encompasses performances of more than 40 concertos as well as many shorter works for cello and orchestra. His numerous and varied concerto appearances extend from the National Defense Orchestra of Taiwan to a tour with Alaska's Arctic Chamber Orchestra, as well as less exotic appearances including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra (also recording with them), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the symphonies of Seattle, Alabama and Milwaukee, and many other orchestras in the United States and abroad. As a recitalist he has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Norway, France, Austria, Korea, Mexico, Nassau, Guatemala and Nicaragua. For ten years he was a member of The Amadeus Trio and he has been a guest artist at the chamber music festivals in Santa Fe (NM), Spoleto (Italy), Sitka, Fairbanks and Juneau (Alaska), El Paso (TX), the Grand Canyon (AZ), Amsterdam, Pro Musica (Mexico), Yong-Pyeong (Korea), Music at Gretna (PA), Park City (UT), the Master Players Festival (DE), Sedona (AZ), Newport (RI), and the Summit and Marlboro festivals in NY.

Mr. Solow’s numerous recordings, which have garnered two Grammy Award nominations, can be found on the Delos, Kleos, Centaur, New World, ABC, Columbia, Laurel, Everest, Capstone, Telefunken and Music Masters labels, and include first recordings of works by distinguished composers with whom he collaborated: Paul Chihara, David Bennett Thomas, Miklós Rózsa, and Henri Lazarof. Terry Sanders’ award-winning Churchill Films documentary about Jeffrey Solow, "To Be a Performer," and the Sitka Festival's "Music from the Forest to the Sea" have been broadcast on PBS, and he also can be seen in Peter Rosen’s film about Jascha Heifetz, "God’s Fiddler." Outside the US, his performance of the Lalo Cello Concerto with the Prime Symphony Orchestra in Seoul was broadcast throughout Southeast Asia on the Korean Classical Music Cable Channel and he was featured on Korea's top-rated musical variety show "Open Concert" on KBS.

Jeffrey Solow also communicates effectively away from the cello. During his five years as an Affiliate Artist his lively and casual ‘Informances’ were enthusiastically received in residencies from Florida to California. His editions of significant works in the cello repertoire have been published by highly distinguished music publishers in Europe and the US including Breitkopf, Peters, Ovation, Elkan-Vogel, International Music Company, Latham Music, Ovation Online Editions, and Henle Urtext editions. Heha been editor of the Violoncello Society Newsletter and for three years was editor of the “Cello Forum” in American String Teacher magazine. A regular contributor to The Strad (London), Strings, and American String Teacher, he has also been published in Seminars in Neurology and the book, Current Research in Arts Medicine. The American String Teachers Association selected two of his articles for their publication featuring the top ten articles from AST’s Cello Forum. A noted authority on healthy and efficient string playing, he is frequently invited to give lectures and presentations on the subject.

Recognized worldwide as an outstanding teacher, Jeffrey Solow has presented master classes throughout the United States as well as in Switzerland, Austria, Korea, Guatemala, Norway, France, Argentina, Canada, Taiwan, and the Peoples’ Republic of China. Mr. Solow is professor of cello at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance in Philadelphia and previously was a faculty member at UCLA, California State University at Northridge, the University of Michigan, and the Peabody Conservatory. He also taught cello and chamber music at the renowned Chautauqua Institution in New York for eight summers and he has twice been artist/teacher at the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Seminar for Cellists at USC. In addition to teaching, Jeffrey Solow chaired the American String Teachers Association’s prestigious National Solo Competition in 2002, 2004, and 2015, served on ASTA’s Executive Board and is a past president. Mr. Solow is president of the Violoncello Society, Inc. of New York, the nation’s second oldest cello society.

Steve Kramer
Since immigrating to the United States of America in 2010 and being sponsored in 2016 for his extraordinary abilities as a musician, the enchanting and dexterous cellist, Steve Kramer, has proven to be one of the most prominent and colorful musicians of today, ascending into classical music’s highest class of performance and musical education. His silvery, singing tone, perspicacious intelligence, musical inquisitiveness and charismatic personality have led him to build memorable bridges to his audience while exploring versatile repertoire from the four corners of the world. His childhood experience studying the art of chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin and Peter Norris has most certainly contributed a significant element to his enlightening style and the invigorating and very expressive musical individuality that distinguishes his playing and teaching.

Steve Kramer is the award-winning recipient of the internationally prestigious Jacob Gade Foundation’s 36th Grand Prize. The prize supports an outstanding musician who possesses progressive and penetrating musicality and pizzazz and who desires to have a life-long career as a major international artist and performer. Since receiving the award in 1998, Steve Kramer has collaborated with composers from all over the world. In the near future he will perform contemporary music by David Finko, Ben Steinberg, Daniel Dorff, Sidney Grolnic, Eleonor Sigal and Edward Kalendar and
up and coming American composers as well as compositions by Scandinavian composers and composer who lost their lives in World Wars I & II. Furthermore, Steve Kramer was awarded the 1994 Bernhard Rosenfeld Foundation Artist Prize, supporting outstanding musical children from families who emigrated from the former Soviet Union. In addition, he was awarded the Talent Prize and Gold Medal at the national music competition, the Berlingske Music Competition, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and garnered an Artist Prize given by Pope John Paul II in Orvieto at the Orvieto Musica festival in Italy. Numerous Danish foundations, including the Augustinus Foundation, the Royal Danish Family and English benefactors, generously subsidized Steve Kramer’s early education.
In the 2014-15 season, Steve Kramer made his appearance as a soloist and chamber musician at the Barnes Foundation and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. 
His recent invitations by patrons continuously bring Steve Kramer to Europe. In the U.S. Steve Kramer will continue his passionate involvement with educating less privileged young people. He will emphasize the utmost importance of training children in classical music as part of their academic education. Children born into poverty receives free of charge lessons in his local community.

In 2012-13 Steve Kramer debuted at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater and the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Internationally, Steve Kramer has worked with such prominent European orchestras and chamber ensembles as the Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra, led by violinist Yehudi Menuhin; the Detmold Chamber Orchestra, led by violinist Tibor Varga; the Malmo Music High School Orchestra, led by violist Josef Kodousek, and the Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and ensembles and orchestras in the Netherlands, France and Germany. He has also performed chamber music and recitals all over Scandinavia, in the Concertgebouw and Hermitage in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; the Wiener Musikverein, in Vienna, Austria; Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, England; and Le Corum in Montpellier, France; Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, in New York and the Wang Center i Boston, United States.

Steve Kramer has performed as soloist or chamber musician for violinist Isaac Stern, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, violinist Maricio Fuks, violin pedagogue Milan Vitek, cellist Vladimir Chevel, cellist Heinrich Schiff, and members in the Alban Berg Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet and the Borodin Quartet. He has extensive experience playing in orchestras led by conductors such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Bernhard Haitink, Neemi Jarvi and Mikhail Jurowski. Steve Kramer has appeared at festivals such as the International Kammermusik-Akademie Kronberg in Taunus, Germany; the Manchester International Cello Festival RNCM, in England; the Cervo Music Academy and Orvieto Musica in Italy; La Fete de la Musique in Nice, France; Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, France; the Jeunes Prodiges Au Palais in La Grand Motte in France; and in Ajacio, Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio, Corsica. Steve Kramer has also worked for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and adventurer and film-director Ivars Silis. He received artistic guidance and inspiration from Martha Casals, chamber music pedagogue, Tim Frederiksen and composer Ib Norholm.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Steve Kramer started playing the violin at the age of three with his grandfather, Vladimir Yeshayavitch Novak. Picking up the cello at age five, Steve Kramer soon continued his studies with his first formal cello teacher, Erling Blondal Bengtsson. He made his debut at 12 years of age, playing as a soloist while touring with orchestras in Scandinavia. He further developed his musicianship under the supervision of five other giants of classical music: violinist Yehudi Menuhin and pianist and composer Peter Norris, with whom Steve Kramer studied chamber music at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London; cellist Karine Georgian at the Hochschule fur Musik-Detmold in Germany and receiving private lessons by cellist Boris Pergamentshikov in Berlin, Germany, and cellist Alexander Sinelnikov in Jerusalem, Israel.

An American immigrant since 2010, Steve Kramer now devotes all his time in the United States, where he has been a most active performer of the cello and violin repertoire, playing chamber music often involving his pupils and working full time as an educator in music, working with PYO and Musicopia, Steve Kramer continues developing his artistic collaboration with the young generation of America, teaching emerging young artists from across the world and passionately devotes much of his time teaching underprivileged youth and bringing regular performances to the sick and infirm. Steve Kramer performs chamber music in a myriad of ways having established numerous ensembles. His most recent ensembles, the String Quartet and the cello and piano duo, 'Duo Rachmaninoff' with Maria del Pico Taylor at the piano, is appearing in high demand.

Anne Johnson
Anne Johnson is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique and a Registered Movement Educator since 1995. She is also a practicing artist having received a B.F.A. in painting from American University in 1983.

In addition to her lively private practice in Philadelphia, Anne teaches the Alexander Technique at the Boyer College of Music of Temple University (2006-present) helping musicians prevent injury and improve their performance skills and quality of expression. She has worked with students in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Rosemont College, helping develop literary characters through a deeper understanding of human movement, coordination and expression and has given workshops on The Embodied Vessel: Mind/Body Awareness and the Creative Process in the Art Department at Swarthmore College. She also presented a workshop on The Architecture of the Mind and Body, to Woman in Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Anne is a Teaching Member of the American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), presenting at the 2016 AmSAT Annual Conference and General Meeting, Minneapolis, MN and the 10th International Alexander Technique Congress, Limerick, Ireland, 2015. She has been a guest teacher at the Alexander Alliance in Japan and the Alexander Technique Centre in Ireland.
Anne finds joy merging her knowledge as a teacher of the Alexander Technique and her experience as an artist with her passion to support and develop the creative potential in all students.


Rena Margulis
Rena Margulis developed Tandem PointSM Therapy, a cutting-edge pain treatment that integrates Chinese acupressure with trigger point therapy, fascial release, and stretching. Among her clinical specialties is the treatment of pain patterns suffered by professional musicians and music students: she counts numerous professional classical performance artists, both concert soloists and Orchestra musicians, as members of her Cherry Hill, NJ practice.

Since 1998, Rena Margulis has taught assessment and treatment of acute and chronic myofascial pain with Tandem Point Therapy and/or Scar Tissue Release in continuing education classes at schools across the USA, including at: the Lourdes Wholistic Institute (Camden, NJ), the Massage Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA); the Monterey Institute of Touch, (Carmel Valley, CA), the Voorhees Pediatric Facility (Voorhees, NJ), the East West College of Natural Medicine (Sarasota, FL), the New Jersey Massage Training Center (Parsippany, NJ); the Omaha School of Massage Therapy (Omaha, NE), and the Live Oak Center for the Healing Arts (Menlo Park, CA).

In 2000, Rena Margulis presented at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Her lecture with demonstrations for physicians and physical therapists, Tandem Point Therapy: An Integrated Acupressure Approach for Myofascial Pain, focused on a proposed biological mechanism for Tandem Point therapy.

Rena Margulis is the first author (with Melissa Borrero, M.D.) of two posters that have been presented at international conferences: Distant Surgery Scar Points and Fascial Adhesions Perpetuate Pectoralis Minor Trigger Points in Two Cases of Severe Chronic Palmar Pain, a peer-reviewed poster presented at the Eighth World Congress on Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, Toledo, Spain, and at the Third International Fascia Research Congress, Vancouver, Canada, and Treating Myofascial Pain in Nickel-Sensitive Women Exposed to Nickel Alloy Underwires in Brassieres: Clinical Case Observations, a peer-reviewed poster presented at the Fourth International Fascia Research Congress, Reston, Virginia (abstract published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies).

Born and raised in upstate New York, Rena Margulis has been a practicing bodywork therapist since 1993. She has a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a master's degree from Stanford University. She is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Nationally Certified in Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM) and a New Jersey-licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist.

She has served as the New Jersey State Liaison for Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), the largest national organization for bodywork professionals, and as the Secretary of and the ABMP representative to the New Jersey Coalition of Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Therapies. In 2012, she was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

Silvanio Reis

A native of Brazil, Silvanio Reis holds an Artist Diploma Certificate from Temple University, M.M. in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Akron, OH. He received his B.M. in Piano Performance from Instituto de Música e Artes de Penápolis, Brazil. Mr. Reis completed his M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and his Professional Studies Diploma with Professor Maria del Pico Taylor. Previous teachers include Professor Philip Thomson, Dr. Mauricy Martin, and Dr. Sergio Gallo.
He received several prizes and honorary mentions in piano competitions in Brazil and in the United States. Mr. Reis played in master classes for renowned professors including Rosa Maria Tolón (Cuba); Kenneth Cooper, Martin Katz, Phillip Thomson, Kevin Orr, and Daniel Epstein (USA); Gabriel Kwok (China); Michael Tsalka (Israel); Sarah Davis Buchner (USA); Vladimir Viardo (Russia); Plínio Padilha (Switzerland); and Dorian Ledjak (Serbia).

Mr. Reis sustains a restless schedule, which includes music research, solo and chamber music recitals as well as lectures in the United States and Brazil. He received the "Olga Gagliardi Guetto" award for his accomplishments as pianist for 2015 and was recently named faculty in training for the Taubman Seminar at Temple University. As pedagogue, Mr. Reis teaches group and applied piano lessons both in Traditional and Suzuki approach at Temple University as well as at Temple University Preparatory Division in Philadelphia.
Besides modern piano, Mr. Reis studies early music repertoire and performance practice under Dr. Joyce Lindorff on the appropriate keyboard instruments (Harpsichord, Fortepiano and Chamber Organ). Mr. Reis is currently a D.M.A candidate in Piano Performance at Temple University under Dr. Charles Abramovic.




Monday, May 22
9:00 am - “Introduction to the Taubman Technique and Single Rotation”
10:00 am - "Hands-On sessions”
11:00 am - “Double Rotation”
12:30- 2:30 pm - Hugh Sun: “Technology to Enhance Piano Pedagogy”
7:00 pm – “Michael Gurt Gala Recital”

Tuesday, May 23
9:00 am - “Double Rotation Hands On”
10:00 am- “In and Out”
11:00 am- "Hands On”
12:00 pm- Lunch (on your own)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm “Master Class – Michael Gurt”

Wednesday, May 24
9:00 am - “The Walking Arm”
10:00 am- “Hands On sessions”
11:00 am - “Review Rotation and In and Out, participants play examples”
12:00 pm- Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 1:30pm - Jeffrey Solow, Cellist: “The Application of the Taubman Principals to Cello Technique”
1:30pm-2:30pm Steve Kramer, Cellist: “ Chamber Music Master Class for Piano and Strings”

Thursday, May 25
9:00 am -“Grouping”
9:45 am -"Hands On sessions”
10:45 am -“How to introduce a child to the Taubman Technique with traditional and Suzuki repertoire”

11:45 am - “Technique Clinic”
12:30 – 2:30pm- Dr. Joyce Lindorff, Lecture Recital: “Performing the Keyboard Suites of J.S. Bach”

Friday, May 26
9:45 am - “Hands On sessions”
10:45 am- “Applying the Taubman Technique to standard repertoire for children”
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Dr. Anne Johnson “The Alexander Technique: Embodying Expressive Potential in Practicing and Performing”
1:30-2:30pm - Rena Margulis: “Tandem Point Therapy”

Saturday, May 27
10:00 am - Dr. Angelin Chang: “Master Class”
11:00 am- Prof. Maria Taylor: “Piano Spanish Music Master class”
12:00 – 1pm Participants performance - Play a passage of your choice to demonstrate a particular principle learned


All fees are non-refundable

Registration Fee $45.00 (non-refundable)

Tuition $595 for full participants; $195 for observers (non-refundable)

Seminar Notes $10 (non-refundable)



Participants can opt to register for university credit. This workshop can be taken for 2 or 3 graduate credit hours. If opting for 3 credit hours, an additional project is required. If enrolling for university credit, the workshop fee is waived. To enroll for college credit, please contact David Brown.


In-State undergraduate: $740 per credit
Out-of-state undergraduate: $1,236 per credit
In-State graduate: $994 per credit
Out-of-state graduate: $1,318 per credit

University fees: $91 for 1-4.9 credits

Housing costs: Morgan Hall
Private room: $57/night for 6 nights arriving Sunday and checking out Saturday - $342
Double room: $49/night - $294
Linens: $20 extra per week

Morgan Hall is the new high-rise facility on Temple University's main campus, located on the corner of Broad St and Cecil B. Moore, 1/2 block from Rock Hall.  Accommodations include multi-bedroom, suite-style apartments with common living area and kitchenette.  For a virtual tour of Morgan Hall, CLICK HERE.




All fees, including the $45 registration fee, are due open registration and are non-refundable. Registration is not considered final and complete until full payment is received. There is a $50 late registration fee for any payments received after May 1, 2017.